How Does A Priest Determine Penance?

Father George answers the question one viewer asked, “How a priest determines penance?” in this episode of Ask A Priest Live. Have ever wondered why you received a certain penance? Father provides insight into the formation of priests on giving penance.

Father George discusses why priests give penances in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the importance of doing your penance as required for absolution. Sometimes we receive different penances for the same kinds of sins when we go to different priests and it can leave us wondering why are penances are so different between priests. We may wonder why some priests give such hard penances and why others give such easy penances. Father George answers all of this and more in this episode!

How Does A Priest Determine Your Penance?

Confession: An Act Of Contrition

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because of thy just punishments, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, who art all good and deserving of all my love.

I firmly resolve with the help of Thy grace to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin. Amen.

Christ instituted the sacrament of Penance for all sinful members of his Church: above all for
those who, since Baptism, have fallen into grave sin, and have thus lost their baptismal grace
and wounded ecclesial communion. It is to them that the sacrament of Penance offers a new
possibility to convert and to recover the grace of justification. The Fathers of the Church
present this sacrament as “the second plank [of salvation] after the shipwreck which is the
loss of grace.

Catechism of the Catholic Church #1446
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